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On 3 July, the Secretary General of the Energy Charter held a videoconference call with His Excellency Mr Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Energy Charter Conference this year.  

 

Keeping in line with the tradition of regular update and communication, the parties discussed a number of matters relevant to both the Chairmanship and the current activities within the Energy Charter Process.  In particular, H.E. Minister Shahbazov was updated on the recent meetings...

On 6 November 2019 (see Conference Decision CCDEC 2019 10), the Energy Charter Conference established and mandated the Modernisation Group to start negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty, with a view to conclude negotiations expeditiously.  

The First Negotiation Round on the Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty took place on 6-9 July 2020 by videoconference. 

Initial proposals and discussion papers were presented and discussed in detail by the delegations. The...

The Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS),  together with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Mediation Institute (IMI), the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and UNCITRAL are organizing an expert roundtable on investment mediation. 

On 19 June 2020, the International Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) welcomed SolarPower Europe as its newest member. 

SolarPower Europe represents over 200 upstream and downstream organisations from the entire solar value chain. The aim of the organisation is to shape the regulatory environment and enhance business opportunities for solar power in Europe and to ensure that solar energy is the leading contributor to the Europe's energy system. SolarPower Europe's mission is to shape...

As part of the ongoing public discussion on the Energy Charter Treaty and its role in the energy transition the Secretary General Dr. Urban Rusnak of the International Energy Charter was approached by Karel Beckman for an interview for the www.borderlex.eu portal. The full text can be read in the pdf link below: 

A new Energy Charter Treaty as complement to the Paris Agreement

 

 

Information about the claims has been compiled on the basis of public sources, including specialised reporting services. Since 2001, when the first case invoking the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was registered, the Energy Charter Secretariat tracked 130 publicly known investment arbitration cases where the ECT was invoked (sometimes together with a bilateral investment treaty). The ECT remains the most frequently invoked international investment agreement.

The Secretariat welcomes any...

On 4 June 2020, the Energy CharteSecretariat held a video conference with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia which will be acting as the entity in charge of the Energy Charter Conference in next year. Mr Hakob Vardanyan, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure and Vice-Chair of the 2021 Conference, who led the conference call, was joined by Mr Tigran Melqonyan, the Head of Energy Department. The Secretariat’s team...

On 14 May 2020, the Energy Charter Secretariat held a video conference with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan which is also acting as the entity in charge of the Energy Charter Conference this year. Mr Samir Valiyev, Deputy Minister of Energy and Vice-Chair of the Conference, who led the conference call, was joined by the Ministry officials representing its legal department, the departments of international cooperation, energy efficiency and oil and gas. The Secretariat’s team...

On 29 April 2020, the Energy Charter Secretariat hosted a technical webinar with the Republic of Uzbekistan on the implementation of the Investment Facilitation Toolbox. Participation included the Energy Charter Secretary-General Dr Urban Rusnák, Mr Jurabek Mirzamakhmudov (First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan) and Amb Dilyor Khakimov (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Kingdom of Belgium)

On 28 April 2020, the Energy Charter Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General, held a video conference call with high representatives of the Turkmenistan government led by Mr Y Kakayev, Special Advisor to the President of Turkmenistan on oil and gas matters and by Mr Berdiniyaz Matiyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. Other participants included Deputy Ministers of Finance, Justice, and Energy, and Deputy Chairmen of Turkmengaz and Turkmenneft State Concerns. The conference call was...

On 27 April 2020, the International Energy Charter organised a video-conference to discuss recent developments in Central Asia. Participants included HE Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan Ms Aigul Kuspan, HE Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr Muktar Djumaliev, HE Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr Erkinkhon Rahmatullozoda, HE Ambassador of Turkmenistan Mr Chary Atayev, HE Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr Dilyor Khakimov and the Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák

On 22 April 2020, a technical webinar was organised, in the framework of the EU4Energy support, to developing a consistent energy performance of building calculation methodology in Armenia. The main task of the project is to support the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia in developing a sound regulatory framework for the energy performance of buildings in line with EU best practices. 

The Energy Charter Secretariat has published the Annual Report for 2019. The Report summarises the activities throughout the year and highlights the Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference.

The Energy Charter Secretariat is pleased to announce that the In-Depth Review of the Energy Efficiency Policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan is now available on our website. The In-Depth Review was prepared in 2019 by the Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and the final recommendation of the report was approved by the Energy Charter Conference in December 2019. The In-depth Energy Efficiency Reviews have a standard format and are broad in scope, analyse the...

On 3 March 2020 in Tirana, Albania, the International Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) met for its 43rd meeting. During the meeting, Mr Rafael Cayuela Valencia, Corporate Chief Economist of Dow Chemical, was presented as the company’s candidate for the position of the IAP Chair. Following a written procedure, the IAP established Mr Cayuela as the new Chair and as of 24 March 2020, he immediately takes up the post.